Fashion week is always exciting. Yet, for those who struggle with gender dysphoria, simple decisions like what to wear can be fraught with emotional pain. When you have gender dysphoria, you feel a constant sense of unease and dissatisfaction with your biological sex. So, what can you do to feel comfortable in your own skin?
Understand What Gender Dysphoria Is
Gender dysphoria literally means dissatisfaction or unease with your biological sex. Gender dysphoria is not considered a mental illness at all, but it is still a condition that can cause you significant distress and prompt you to make major life changes.
To understand this condition better, spend some time reading articles about gender dysphoria online. You can learn about what gender dysphoria is, how to recognize if you have it, what causes it, its symptoms, and the usual treatments.
Learn to Accept Yourself Better
Accepting yourself for who you are is an important part of good mental health. In the past, treatment for people who were unhappy with their assigned gender involved trying to get them to accept their biological sex as their gender. However, things have changed. Now, acceptance is still important, but the goal of treatment is for you to accept yourself for your preferred gender. In therapy, you can learn to love yourself more for who you are inside and manage the distressing feelings that come from the fact that your body does not match your true self-image.
Make Decisions about Gender Expression
If you feel distressed because your biological sex does not match what you feel inside, you have several options. You could decide to go the transgender route. This involves changing your body so that it matches what you feel. At first, you may simply dress and behave as your preferred gender. Eventually, you might decide to have gender reassignment surgery. However, this is not the only choice available to you. If you do not want to physically change, or you are not ready for the change, you can work with your therapist to create a strategy for expressing your preferred gender in the healthiest, most comfortable way for you.
Join a Support Group
By joining a support group, you can receive understanding and encouragement from people who are going through things similar to what you’re going through. Depending on the decisions you’ve made, you might join a gender dysphoria group or a transgender group. These people can share their experiences and give you insight into the problems you face as someone with gender dysphoria. They can also share resources and point you to professionals who can help you.
Talk to a Gender Issues Specialist
Most people who struggle with gender dysphoria can benefit from therapy. Remember, it is not that something is wrong with you. The point of therapy is to ease your distress and help you make life choices that can help you be happier or more satisfied.
However, it is important to talk to a therapist who understands gender issues. Some general psychotherapists are well-equipped to help you with these gender-related problems. On the other hand, if you look for a therapist who specializes in gender dysphoria, you are more likely to get help that is tailor-made to your situation.
Gender dysphoria is a condition that can lead to a lot of heartache and unhappiness. Yet, if you get the help you need, you can learn to accept yourself for who you really are inside. You can make better life choices so that you express your preferred gender in the most comfortable way for you. And, you can get support for living the way that makes sense to you.